Tuesday night saw Mumbai’s Grand Hyatt hosting one of the city’s most prolific food events; the Times Food and Nightlife Awards.
Spearheaded by the Times Group, the Awards are one of the country’s oldest recognition events in the world of food; they’re popularly known as the Food Oscars. Like the Oscars, the Awards were graced by a host of celebrities including Akshay Kumar, Jaqueline Fernandez and Neil Nitin Mukesh. However, the true stars of the night were the restaurateurs and culinary personalities that received awards for being at the helm of the best culinary experiences the city has to offer. Here’s a brief look at some of the winners:
Any destination where a meal for a couple would cost Rs. 4500 and above (without alcohol) was classified as fine dining. The awards were divided into South Mumbai and Suburbs Sections.
In South Mumbai, The Sahib Room & Kipling Bar (at the St Regis Hotel) received the award for the best Indian fine dining restaurant, while Dum Pukht received the same award for the suburbs. Amadeus received an award for the best Spanish fine dining, while Golden Dragon (South Mumbai) and Yauatcha (Suburbs) received awards for Chinese dining.
Casual dining restaurants were classified as destinations where a meal for two costs under Rs. 4,500. For Coastal fare, Mahesh Lunch home bagged the South Mumbai award while Gajalee won the suburbs award. South Mumbai’s Ideal Corner received the award for best Parsi fare while SodaBottleOperenerwala received it for the suburbs. For European dining, Cafe Zoe received the South Mumbai award while Saltwater Cafe received the Suburbs award.
Mirchi & Mime, Cafe Haqq Se, 29 – Twenty Nine, 145 Kala Ghoda, Farmer and Sons and Taj Mahal Tea House all received the best newcomer awards in different fields in the Casual Dining section.
Meanwhile, Romano’s at the JW Marriott Sahar received the best fine dining award for Italian fare in the Suburbs.
Nightlife Award Winners
Bars such as The Bar Stock Exchange, Aer, Li Bai and The Good Wife all bagged awards for being the hottest night destinations in the city. Kitty Su, Doppio, Hoppipola and One Street Over all recieved ‘Noteworthy Newcomer’ awards in the same section.
The Awards also recognised noteworthy culinary personalities. Lancelot Quadros, who bartended at the Taj Mahal Palace’s Starboard, received the Best Bartender of The Year Award. Riyaaz Amlani, the CEO of Impresario Hospitality, which is behind the popular Social pubs and Smoke House Deli won the Best Restaurateur of the Year award while Rahul Akerkar won the Best Chef of the Year Award.
These notations are only a glimpse of the various awards given out. Want to know more? Head to WhatsHot.in, which has the whole list of awards given.